Writer: Chris Milne
Director: Gary Conway
Alex Argenzio: Marco Pio Venturini
Sindi Watts: Marisa Warrington
" by Something For Kate
Harold reading the poor review of the play.
Toadie and Stuart talking about Toadie and his new "fling" and the relationship confessions that they both have.
At the coffee shop Karl and Susan are talking about Valda and her exploits as the pub's new chef. Harold comes up and brings them a couple of coffees. Karl asks why Harold isn't happy and he says that he shouldn't let the opinion of one person upset him. K and S say that after Harold put so much work into the play, having it dismissed like that is terrible. Harold says that he wrote a letter to the paper making a formal complaint about the review.
At Lou's Place Libby and Steph are having a bit of a girls night. Libby is mentioning how they (K and S) insist on a healthy quota of grandparent time every day. Alex comes up behind Steph kissing her on the neck. He asks Steph how she is doing to which she says that the "girly chat" is doing wonders. He has a catalogue in his hand for all the latest electronic gadget that you can take camping. Steph seems unimpressed by the fact that he is planning for all these gadgets and asks if there is any danger that they will actually go camping. Max comes up behind them and asks Alex if there is any danger of actually pulling a couple of beers. Libby asks Steph if she is ready to rough it and Steph says that it is supposed to be a trip around Australia. Libby says how Alex is probably just thinking of Steph with all the creature comforts. Libby also asks if Steph is having second thoughts about the trip seeing as she was so happy about it the week before.
Back at the Coffee Shop, Harold answers the phone and discovers that it is Mr Trufeau (not sure of spelling) looking towards the kitchen where we see Rosie. It seems that Mr Trufeau is complaining about Harold's letter to which Harold says that he has the right of reply. Harold challenges him to a face-to-face conversation not expecting a positive response, which he got. A planned meeting for 9am the next morning at the Coffee Shop. Rosie says that Harold will get eaten alive as Mr Trufeau is a professional critic.
Back at Lou's Place Libby is commenting to Steph on how her days as a carpenter are over, saying that one splinter too many ended her days as a proud strong single Mum. Max comes over and asks if they would like some dessert to which they both say no thanks but Libby says that another drink wouldn't hurt and gets up to go and get them. Max offers to do anything that they ask him to do while Lori is in the hospital. He tells Steph about a mate of his on the oilrig with a similar condition to Lori who recovered fully and said that some spinal injuries aren't permanent.
At Toadies, Toadie is leaving a message on Sindi's answering machine with a change of plans of how they were going to meet up for their date. Stuart comes in and sits down on the couch just as there is a knock at the door and they both race to the door to try and answer it first. It is Sindi with a bag full of takeaway commenting on how they are eager tonight saying that she only bought enough for two.
Toadie is opening the bottle of champagne and Stuart is saying that this, meaning the liaison with Sindi, is a rebound thing and he knows it. Toadie throws back the fact that Stuart broke his engagement with Flick and then 5 minutes later was after Libby to which Stuart tells him to mind his own business. Sindi then comes back in with two sparkling clean glasses and Stuart heads out the door.
Back at Lou's Place Alex is telling Steph how he wouldn't mind coming with her the next time that she visits Lori at the hospital. Stuart then comes in and asks if she has been kicked out of somewhere too. Steph says that she is having a girl's night and that Libby has just gone to the loo. Steph asks him to join them and says that she hasn't seen him in ages. He says that probably not since he broke off the engagement to Flick. Stuart says that Toadie has female company that isn't Dee. Libby asks what Toadie sees in Sindi and Steph asks if Dee knows about it and Stuart says that he hopes she doesn't for Toadie's sake.
Back at Toadie's, Sindi and Toadie are sitting on the couch drinking the champagne. Sindi is commenting on how anything that she likes or wears one day seems to be the most popular thing the next day. Toadie doesn't seem to be very receptive and Sindi is all over him. Sindi tries to kiss him and Toadie pulls away. Sindi suggests that it would be better if she left and heads towards the door. Toadie pulls her back from leaving and plants a rather passionate kiss on Sindi.
Back at Lou's Place Alex hands Steph some money and then asks if she is up for heading out for a night on the town of sorts. He asks Stuart if he is up for it and Stuart says yes. Max comes up and offers Libby and Steph a ride home.
Back at the Kennedy's Susan is preparing for a meeting at school. There is a knock at the door and Karl answers it, seeing Harold who is returning a DVD of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Libby says that her favourite bit is the lickable wallpaper to which Susan says that she nearly licked a hole in her bedroom wall when she was 7. Harold runs some of his arguments for the debate with Mr Trufeau some of which are doubtful at best considering how dodgy the play actually was. Karl, Susan and Libby give Harold some constructive criticisms that they thought about the play under the story that they were possible things that Mr Trufeau might throw at him.
Outside the Scully's Steph is giving Rosie and Harold an update on Lori and Rosie offers herself as someone to talk to for Lori if she needs it. Steph comments on the pep talk that Max gave her the day before and Rosie seemed surprised that Max had spoken to her. Libby and Steph stand and look on disapprovingly as they look at Toadie and Sindi rushing to their respective cars.
At the Coffee Shop Harold seems a little apprehensive about the debate. Rosie says that if he wants to go through with it then he should. Harold says that noone has told him what they really think of the play and Rosie has a look on her face that pretty much says that pretty soon he is going to find out how bad the play really was sooner or later. Rosie tactfully sidesteps the question and says that there is room for improvement and Harold asks her to tell him exactly what she thinks. Rosie tells him that the storylines, characters and a couple of other things were strange and unrealistic. Harold has a look of realisation and disappointment on his face. Harold gets a phone call from Mr Trufeau calling off the debate. Harold looks very pleased with himself.
At the school Susan is giving her class a due date for an assignment and asks them to read the book not just watch the movie. Libby comes in all excited calling Susan Mum by mistake in front of the students. She says that there is a full time Media Studies position to be advertised, as her supervisor is moving to South Australia. Both of them cross their fingers in hope that Libby will be the one that gets the job and that Candice Barkham won't hold her problems with Susan against Libby in the selection process.
Outside Lou's Place, Max hands Steph a piece of paper with the details of his mate from the oilrig to give to Lori. Mainly so that Lori would have some hope that things will get better and she will be able to come out the other side. Alex and Libby come up and Libby asks Steph if she wants to have lunch and they grab a table.
Back at the Coffee Shop, Harold and Rosie are discussing the finer "bad points" of the play. Harold seems to realise that maybe it wasn't such a good thing that he have a go at writing it himself.
Back outside Lou's Place Libby and Steph hand Max back the menus and comment on now that Valda is in charge the menu will change all the time. Steph appears to be having doubts and wonders if she is ready for the whole trip around Australia and Libby asks if Alex knows that she is having doubts.